A school textbook that is riddled with errors has parents in India demanding changes
By Staff Writer
(INTELLIHUB) — A textbook used in schools in India has been exposed for containing more than 120 factual, spelling and grammatical mistakes.
The textbook makes statements such as: “Japan dropped a nuclear bomb on the U.S. during World War II,” and “Proportion of poisonous gas CO3 has increased due to cutting of trees,” as well as “Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated on October 30, 1948.”
“This clearly is the reflection of the competency of the writers of the book and even competency of the translators… there should have been some semblance of sensibility while clearing the draft of these books,” said Nirav Thakkar, Principal, A G High School in Ahmedabad.
“We have set up a two member committee to look into these errors and make changes immediately. We are also initiating action against the panelist who had vetted the books,” State Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama said in a statement.
The texbook has reportedly already been used by more than 50,000 students but has yet to be recalled.
“What is surprising is why basic checks were not carried out before circulating the books? Books for classes 6, 7 and 8 have been out in the market for quite some time now and the state government did nothing to spot it also,” said Vasant Bhatt, Director, school of languages.